last week, i had a work experience student at the studio with me. it was pretty interesting for both of us - a teenage, non-crafty boy & someone who's used to working completely on her own, thrown together for a week of making yarn & running a crafty business! we covered a lot - taking photos for the shop, updating shop listings, packing orders (he parcelled up ALL the club parcels for me, yay!) & we even did some yarn dyeing.
(the hoodie stayed in place pretty much all week, earning him the star-wars-inspired nickname of The Young Apprentice!).
at the end of the week, he even managed to teach the RSA some yarn-dyeing techniques as well.
we both did pretty well - i learned that i'm not an awesome boss (i'm too used to doing everything myself, & really struggled to delegate tasks to someone else!). & i think he learned some good work-related lessons too:
- it's important to form a good bond with your work colleagues.
- if your boss asks you to do something (like pose for a silly picture for the company website), you should probably do it.
- sometimes, work means you have to get your hands dirty.
- but sometimes, it also means you end up with something great.
& although i was worried that he'd be a little bored (i mean, really - a non-crafty teenager stuck in a yarn studio all week?) by the end of the week it was official - i have the coolest job ever.